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A person with peach-colored skin sits on a swing, holding onto the ropes, in a forest setting in this loosely painted horizontal work. Diagonal slashes of brown suggest tree trunks with branches creating a shallow X across the picture. The swing hangs from the two topmost trunks, just to our left of center. Beyond the trees, the upper left quadrant is painted with broad strokes of pale blue; the upper right with cool, mint green. In the lower left a tree trunk lies along a grassy ground with plants growing around it, painted with dashes of vivid green and red. The lower right has some strokes of terracotta orange. An area to our right of the person and swing is painted with smears of brown, peach, red, gray, and white, and is difficult to make out.

Cecily Brown, Girl on a Swing, 2004, oil on linen, Gift of the Collectors Committee, 2015.62.1

Cecily Brown, Girl on a Swing

The Art of Looking

  • Friday, April 7, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Talks
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

Cecily Brown's Girl on a Swing is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us for a one-hour virtual session and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas about this work of art.

These conversations will encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking.

The program is free, open to the public, and is desgined for everyone interested in talking about art. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and over.

Due to the interactive nature of this virtual program, sessions are not recorded.

Live Captions

Live captions (CART) are available in some breakout rooms for this program. Please contact [email protected] to request access or for more information.